Finavia has introduced a uniform air traffic
control system for the whole of Finland.
Thanks to the reform, all Finavia’s airports and the area control centres now use a uniform
radar surveillance system. Between 2009 and 2013,
Finavia invested nearly EUR 20 million in creating the uniform
air navigation system.
“The competition in air traffic has intensified
considerably over the last few years. This also poses a major
challenge to actors like Finavia who provide services for air
traffic. Our goal is to maintain the efficiency of the Finnish
airspace while also ensuring the future competitiveness and safety
of the air navigation services we provide for airlines. The
investment now completed is a key element in achieving this goal,”
said Raine Luojus, Senior Vice President responsible for Finavia’s
Air Navigation Business.
The underlying factors behind the air navigation
system reform are the targets set by the EU where the Member
States are obligated to improve the efficiency and uniformity of
their air navigation services. Pan-European performance targets
have been set for air navigation service providers as part of the
Single European Sky regulation.
“The airspaces of different countries are in the
process of becoming unified in the next few years, and the
competition between providers of air navigation services will
intensify. This will also require Finavia to constantly make
investments, improve its efficiency and demonstrate an ability to
make reforms in order for Finland to meet the EU’s requirements.
When Finavia succeeds in this, it may have an increasingly
important role in the liberalising market of European air
navigation services, because our competence and technical systems
are of a high standard,” Luojus said.
The new air traffic control system is one of the most
extensive uniform TopSky air traffic control systems in Europe,
with all Finavia’s airports connected to it, together with the
Tampere area control which coordinates the use of Finland's entire
“The uniform system will improve the efficiency
of air traffic in Finland, among other things by shortening flight
times. The first experience of the new system has been encouraging
in this respect. Even minor reductions in the lengths of flight
routes bring significant savings to airlines through reduced fuel
costs and thus affect the prices of tickets,” added Luojus.
As part of the work for reforming Finavia’s air
navigation system, the approach control office at Helsinki Airport
has been totally reconditioned and now offers ergonomic and modern
facilities. The facilities of approach control were carefully
designed and constructed with personnel working around the clock
in mind. The new facilities were commissioned in March 2013.
The facilities of aerodrome control located in
the air traffic control tower of Helsinki Airport were modernised
In Finland, the provision of air navigation
services is currently a loss-making business. In spite of the
efficient service production of high quality, the small traffic
volumes mean that the financial equation of air navigation is a
challenging one. In practice, Finavia Corporation uses the
revenues of services sold to air travellers at the airports to
cover the losses incurred by air navigation services.
In 2012, Finavia’s air navigation services
served about 310,000 flights in Finland.
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